Thursday, December 27, 2012

Ideas for New Year's Eve


New Year's Eve Outfit Ideas







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"A unique system of color analysis, firmly grounded in scientific measurements
and circumscribed by the timeless principles of art. It produces a color palette unique to you, specifically designed to complement your own skin, hair and eye color." –Color Alliance
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"When we find the set that enhances you above all the others, what we have really uncovered are the exact pigments already in your skin, in your body. When you then wear the colors you already are, you look like magic because your person and your attire is sending the same wavelength of energy to the viewer." ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn?


Are you more like Jackie or Marilyn?




Take the quiz and find out! I took it and though my answers were nearly equal, I was slightly more Marilyn. :) So naturally, I decided to get the book to learn more...





What I learned from the book: the importance of developing your own signature style! She does describe what makes each woman tick and gives lots of helpful tips about how to be more like each one or a combo of both. But she has a good argument for going beyond just having a good sense of style to creating a style that is typically you, a signature style.

"When it comes to achieving Jackie or Marilyn mystique, 98 percent of the endeavor hinges on having a signature style~a style that you might actually possess at the moment or one that you aspire to." --Pamela Keogh



(photo credit: PamelaKeogh.com)

What's your signature style?

Do you have a signature style or aspire to have one? I pondered for myself what signature style I might aspire to and what the elements would be of that style. My basic formula would be long-over-lean with dusters or long sweater dresses and skinny pants.


Signature Style


What about you?




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"A unique system of color analysis, firmly grounded in scientific measurements
and circumscribed by the timeless principles of art. It produces a color palette unique to you, specifically designed to complement your own skin, hair and eye color." –Color Alliance
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"When we find the set that enhances you above all the others, what we have really uncovered are the exact pigments already in your skin, in your body. When you then wear the colors you already are, you look like magic because your person and your attire is sending the same wavelength of energy to the viewer." ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!






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"A unique system of color analysis, firmly grounded in scientific measurements
and circumscribed by the timeless principles of art. It produces a color palette unique to you, specifically designed to complement your own skin, hair and eye color." –Color Alliance
Click here to find out more!
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"When we find the set that enhances you above all the others, what we have really uncovered are the exact pigments already in your skin, in your body. When you then wear the colors you already are, you look like magic because your person and your attire is sending the same wavelength of energy to the viewer." ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Casual Holiday Capsule Wardrobe Ideas


Casual Holiday Capsule Wardrobe Outfit Ideas



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"A unique system of color analysis, firmly grounded in scientific measurements
and circumscribed by the timeless principles of art. It produces a color palette unique to you, specifically designed to complement your own skin, hair and eye color." –Color Alliance
Click here to find out more!
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"When we find the set that enhances you above all the others, what we have really uncovered are the exact pigments already in your skin, in your body. When you then wear the colors you already are, you look like magic because your person and your attire is sending the same wavelength of energy to the viewer." ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Two More Tips for Your Holiday Capsule Wardrobe


If you still need guidelines for creating the perfect holiday capsule wardrobe, here they are.

(1) Choose one accessory, a statement piece like a scarf or bold earrings, that will go with everything in your holiday capsule. Some people start with their accessories and buy clothes to go with them, but you also can do the reverse, to make sure they match.

(2) Dress for your body type, using silhouettes or design line possibilities for your outfits that flatter you.



Are you pear shaped? Wear your longer jackets and blazers (and coats) with pants or skirts that don’t have any pockets. Pair short jackets or cardigans with full skirts or pants. For dresses, try sweetheart necklines and empire waists.


If you have an apple shape, choose long tops that are straight or open jackets to elongate the body. Wear short jackets or cardigans with full dresses to provide extra belly coverage.

For the rectangle shape, wear dresses that pull in at the waist. Wrap dresses, v-neck dresses or empire waists will work well. For pants, choose straight but not skinny legs.

Are you shaped like an inverted triangle? Swing jackets and v-neck tops and dresses will draw the eye away from your shoulders & create balance. Keep skirt lengths short to show off your legs!

Many silhouettes will work for the hourglass figure, but you do need to look for clothes that have a defined waist. Or add belts to help accent it. 

If you are full-figured, you want to go for a gentler fit. Create the same silhouette that is recommended for your body type, but let the fabric skim the body and avoid cinching any belts tight. 

Don’t wear the smallest size you can fit into, because that only calls attention to the fullness or the figure flaws you want to camouflage.
Enjoy the rest of your holiday season!


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"A unique system of color analysis, firmly grounded in scientific measurements
and circumscribed by the timeless principles of art. It produces a color palette unique to you, specifically designed to complement your own skin, hair and eye color." –Color Alliance
Click here to find out more!
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"When we find the set that enhances you above all the others, what we have really uncovered are the exact pigments already in your skin, in your body. When you then wear the colors you already are, you look like magic because your person and your attire is sending the same wavelength of energy to the viewer." ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Holiday Makeup Tips

"As the holiday season shifts into high gear, so does the urge to polish your look with a few special touches ~ think red satin lips, ribbons of glossy waves, and smoky eyes with a sparkly twist." ~~Harpers Bazaar


(Ashley Greene, HarpersBazaar)

(Joan Smalls, HarpersBazaar)




As the holiday season shifts into high gear, so does the urge to polish up your look with a few special touches — think red satin lips, ribbons of glossy waves, and smoky eyes with a sparkly twist. Adding a bit of flair is all about balancing a rich eye or lip with a casual bun or chic braid to create an easy sophistication that works in any festive situation.

Read more: Holiday Hair and Beauty - Tips for Holiday Hair and Makeup - Harper's BAZAAR
As the holiday season shifts into high gear, so does the urge to polish up your look with a few special touches — think red satin lips, ribbons of glossy waves, and smoky eyes with a sparkly twist. Adding a bit of flair is all about balancing a rich eye or lip with a casual bun or chic braid to create an easy sophistication that works in any festive situation.

Read more: Holiday Hair and Beauty - Tips for Holiday Hair and Makeup - Harper's BAZAAR

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"A unique system of color analysis, firmly grounded in scientific measurements
and circumscribed by the timeless principles of art. It produces a color palette unique to you, specifically designed to complement your own skin, hair and eye color." –Color Alliance
Click here to find out more!
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"When we find the set that enhances you above all the others, what we have really uncovered are the exact pigments already in your skin, in your body. When you then wear the colors you already are, you look like magic because your person and your attire is sending the same wavelength of energy to the viewer." ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Dressing Up for the Holidays


Going to any holiday parties this season? If you're still wondering what to buy, here's a lovely outfit idea.

Every season has a version of red; it's just a matter of making sure the red you choose is the one that will work best for you. But it doesn't have to be red. I've seen lots of holiday shimmer in other colors, as well.

Which colors are you planning to wear this season?



All Dressed Up for the Holidays




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"A unique system of color analysis, firmly grounded in scientific measurements
and circumscribed by the timeless principles of art. It produces a color palette unique to you, specifically designed to complement your own skin, hair and eye color." –Color Alliance
Click here to find out more!
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"When we find the set that enhances you above all the others, what we have really uncovered are the exact pigments already in your skin, in your body. When you then wear the colors you already are, you look like magic because your person and your attire is sending the same wavelength of energy to the viewer." ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints


Thursday, December 6, 2012

How to Create a Holiday Capsule Wardrobe

Choose Three Holiday Colors ...

Make sure they mix and match well together. Keep your holiday capsule wardrobe simple, by concentrating on only a few colors, such as red, green and gold. Or green and gold with a neutral. Just as is true with holiday decorations, it can be tempting to go overboard but try to resist!

Unless you are planning to invest in pieces you will wear every holiday season from now on, don’t buy a holiday top or dress in every color and design. Stick to two or three.

A Holiday Capsule Wardrobe for the Entire Month

If you include neutrals, like khaki or grey pants or skirts, buy a few tops in holiday colors, one jacket and one snazzy dress for the holiday office party, you can create a month of holiday outfits with less than ten pieces, some of which you may already own. It’s an important season but don’t let its importance overwhelm you as you create your capsule.

For example, I can use this cream jacket with holiday colors and throughout the cold weather season...


 

With these guidelines, you can create a holiday capsule wardrobe that is both stylish and inexpensive.Stay tuned this month for more helpful holiday style tips.


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"A unique system of color analysis, firmly grounded in scientific measurements
and circumscribed by the timeless principles of art. It produces a color palette unique to you, specifically designed to complement your own skin, hair and eye color." –Color Alliance
Click here to find out more!
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"When we find the set that enhances you above all the others, what we have really uncovered are the exact pigments already in your skin, in your body. When you then wear the colors you already are, you look like magic because your person and your attire is sending the same wavelength of energy to the viewer." ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Creating a Holiday Capsule Wardrobe

It's December! I feel like I am still getting used to November, LOL.

I guess it's time to start thinking about what to wear to all the holiday parties and get-togethers. Will you be hanging out with friends or going to fancy Christmas parties this year?

Even if you are a write-at-home mom like me, you still may want to create a casual holiday capsule so you still can celebrate the season in style. The thing to remember is to keep it simple! Pair new holiday tops or cardigans with neutral pieces you already have.

And stay within your season. There are plenty of options available for your coloring.

Here's a holiday capsule wardrobe I created that may give you some ideas to get you started. And on Thursday, we'll look at more tips for your planning your holiday capsule wardrobe.


As for me, I doubt I will be attending any holiday parties this year but will be using my holiday capsule for when I am out and about, and when I am getting together with family.

My main concern is wearing Christmasy colors in a way that works for me.




What have you got planned this season?




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"A unique system of color analysis, firmly grounded in scientific measurements
and circumscribed by the timeless principles of art. It produces a color palette unique to you, specifically designed to complement your own skin, hair and eye color." –Color Alliance
Click here to find out more!
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"When we find the set that enhances you above all the others, what we have really uncovered are the exact pigments already in your skin, in your body. When you then wear the colors you already are, you look like magic because your person and your attire is sending the same wavelength of energy to the viewer." ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints


Friday, November 30, 2012

November Goals: Here's How I Did this Month



Here's how I did this month...

(1) Do something meditational/yoga-ish for 20 minutes a day... I was great at the introspection and meditational stuff, but not so much with the yoga. Maybe January?

(2) Develop a strategy for the remainder of the year... Did it and have pre-written all of my blog posts so I can do more of that introspection and planning for the new year.

(3) Choose a "home improvement" goal for the month... Love the flannel! :)

How did you do?

NOTE: I will be taking the month of December off from 3 in 30. And this blog will change, too, as I will post only twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

I'm going to sink deep into the joy of the season and get back to goals and posting more often in January. See you then!

And have a wonderful holiday season!


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"A unique system of color analysis, firmly grounded in scientific measurements
and circumscribed by the timeless principles of art. It produces a color palette unique to you, specifically designed to complement your own skin, hair and eye color." –Color Alliance
Click here to find out more!
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"When we find the set that enhances you above all the others, what we have really uncovered are the exact pigments already in your skin, in your body. When you then wear the colors you already are, you look like magic because your person and your attire is sending the same wavelength of energy to the viewer." ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Almost Wordless Wednesday: Curvy Girl Inspiration in Cool Colors



Add some bling in a cool red, or glittery black and this could go to a Christmas party, don't you think?


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"A unique system of color analysis, firmly grounded in scientific measurements
and circumscribed by the timeless principles of art. It produces a color palette unique to you, specifically designed to complement your own skin, hair and eye color." –Color Alliance
Click here to find out more!
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"When we find the set that enhances you above all the others, what we have really uncovered are the exact pigments already in your skin, in your body. When you then wear the colors you already are, you look like magic because your person and your attire is sending the same wavelength of energy to the viewer." ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints


Monday, November 26, 2012

Spicy Heat: Seasonal Color Analysis with a Featured Blogger


Seasonal Color Analysis: Another Beautiful Deep Autumn...

What a pleasure it was to be able to work with Tami, of Talking with Tami, to do her virtual color analysis and discover her beautiful warm coloring! Though it doesn't show up as clearly in this professional picture, Tami’s coloring is warm and rich and deep but slightly muted, which makes her a deep autumn. And in Color Alliance, she is a vivid rich autumn.

And as you know, she’s in good company! The president and Mrs. Obama are both deep autumns, and more specifically, vivid rich autumns, as well.

Vivid Rich Autumn Color Palette

Here is one example of a vivid rich autumn color palette. Though each one is personalized for the coloring of the person ordering it, they are similar in that they would all match someone whose coloring is warm, deep, rich and slightly muted.




Can She Wear Black?...

Yes, she can wear black! Deep autumns can wear black, but it is better in small doses

Wear it in small blocks of color, mixed with a lot of heat. Deep autumn is red-hot and offers lots of spicy colors to choose from, so deep autumns should include them whenever they succumb to the temptation to wear black as part of a deep autumn ensemble.

Spicy Heat?...

Yes, indeed! Deep autumn is full of fiery passionate heat. All of the reds and the oranges work, as do other burnished colors like deep olive, reddened browns, burnt oranges, dark cognac, bronzed burgundy.What do I mean? Moroccan colors. Russets, bricks and bittersweets. Bollywood heat.


Deep Autumn

"...it’s the tribal-as-in-undomesticated goddess, the wild horse. The untethered freedom. Your own hoofbeats pounding in your ears. The driving intention. The uncaring about reactions.  Can we go back and emphasize the word wild. Native. Savage. Unchecked. Untamed. All it takes is one scarf, one bronzed lipstick, one leopard print-backed glove, and the viewer just felt it in their chest (but couldn’t say exactly what they felt)."~~Christine Scaman

I love the intensity with which Christine, a color analyst at 12Blueprints.com, writes about the seasons and brings them to life. I am a deep autumn, too, and I feel that intensity myself, as a person and in the deep autumn color palette.

Deep Autumn Makeup...

Create contrast. Define the eyebrows, create some interest with the eyeshadow, and don't forget lipstick, so that your mouth shows up as part of your face. Deep autumns often want a more natural look (guilty) but probably need more drama than they are initially comfortable with in their makeup.

All of the makeup needs to have that burnished quality that represents the deep autumn coloring. Very dark brown eyeliner, dark brown mascara, rich warm brown eyeshadow, red or red-orange or orange-brown on the cheeks and lips.

Deep autumn is practical and down-to-earth. Sometimes all that burnished color and spicy heat can take some getting used to in someone who has worn other colors, instead. It's not for the faint of heart.

But I know Tami is ready to bring it. For the rest of us, here's some encouragement, whatever your season.

"Rise up to being who you are. In the beginning, right colour can feel like a disguise. In no time,the colours will have convinced you of your truth when nobody else could."~~Christine Scaman

I am planning to link up today to Glamamom for this week's Monday Mingle and to Not Dead Yet Style for Visible Monday. On Wednesday, I will link up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday and Melaina at Transatlantic Blonde for What I Wore Wednesday.

NOTE: I will be taking the month of December off from the weekly linkups and from doing virtual color analysis, but will be back in January. I'll still be posting here a couple of times a week, though, so drop by and say hello.

For those I might not see in linkup land, have a wonderful holiday season!!







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"A unique system of color analysis, firmly grounded in scientific measurements
and circumscribed by the timeless principles of art. It produces a color palette unique to you, specifically designed to complement your own skin, hair and eye color." –Color Alliance
Click here to find out more!
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"When we find the set that enhances you above all the others, what we have really uncovered are the exact pigments already in your skin, in your body. When you then wear the colors you already are, you look like magic because your person and your attire is sending the same wavelength of energy to the viewer." ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints


Friday, November 23, 2012

November Goals: Back Next Week!




Confession: I decided to give myself the week off this week and sink deep into enjoying Thanksgiving! But I will be back next week to tell all about what I have accomplished (or not).

Have a wonderful weekend!!


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"A unique system of color analysis, firmly grounded in scientific measurements
and circumscribed by the timeless principles of art. It produces a color palette unique to you, specifically designed to complement your own skin, hair and eye color." –Color Alliance
Click here to find out more!
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"When we find the set that enhances you above all the others, what we have really uncovered are the exact pigments already in your skin, in your body. When you then wear the colors you already are, you look like magic because your person and your attire is sending the same wavelength of energy to the viewer." ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!



Have a wonderful day!! Eat some pie for me.

(Who am I kidding? We'll be having some, too.)





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"A unique system of color analysis, firmly grounded in scientific measurements
and circumscribed by the timeless principles of art. It produces a color palette unique to you, specifically designed to complement your own skin, hair and eye color." –Color Alliance
Click here to find out more!
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"When we find the set that enhances you above all the others, what we have really uncovered are the exact pigments already in your skin, in your body. When you then wear the colors you already are, you look like magic because your person and your attire is sending the same wavelength of energy to the viewer." ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: What I Would Wear for Thanksgiving

This is what I would wear if I were going to someone else's house tomorrow...



Or, maybe this...




Since I am staying at home with the kid, I am likely to be in loungewear (it will be brown, though, and I have orange socks ~ does that count?)


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"A unique system of color analysis, firmly grounded in scientific measurements
and circumscribed by the timeless principles of art. It produces a color palette unique to you, specifically designed to complement your own skin, hair and eye color." –Color Alliance
Click here to find out more!
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"When we find the set that enhances you above all the others, what we have really uncovered are the exact pigments already in your skin, in your body. When you then wear the colors you already are, you look like magic because your person and your attire is sending the same wavelength of energy to the viewer." ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Celebrity Color Analysis: A Reader Request ~ Cindy McCain

One of my readers asked my opinions on both Kerry Washington and Cindy McCain. We took a look at the beautiful Kerry Washington yesterday.

Today's celebrity color analysis: Cindy McCain...




The lovely Cindy McCain is a light spring...




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"A unique system of color analysis, firmly grounded in scientific measurements
and circumscribed by the timeless principles of art. It produces a color palette unique to you, specifically designed to complement your own skin, hair and eye color." –Color Alliance
Click here to find out more!
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"When we find the set that enhances you above all the others, what we have really uncovered are the exact pigments already in your skin, in your body. When you then wear the colors you already are, you look like magic because your person and your attire is sending the same wavelength of energy to the viewer." ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints